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Two Favorite “Reader Submitted” Pantry Soups

9 Oct Creamy Taco Soup (1)

Sharon in Spanish Fork, UT was kind enough to send me the recipes of two of her family’s favorite soups that just happen to work as food storage, even fast pantry meal options.   Both were (as promised) wonderful soups — I know you’re going to enjoy them!   Btw, I’m feeling envious of you out there who are able to include beans in your plans, as the Creamy Chicken Taco soup was especially easy and delicious.   (Although I’m happy to be able to keep the second one!)

Thanks for sharing these great recipes with us, Sharon!

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“Soup in a Bag” week: Corn Potato Cheddar Chowder

17 May Corn Potato Cheddar

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Last, but certainly not least, we have LeGay who tested out the book “Soup in a Bag” for us.  I’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to all three of our testers this week!!  I know I’ve got some new soup recipes I’m looking forward to trying out.  You guys have been great!!

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My name is LeGay Burrell. I am a stay-at-home Mom to three children ages 17, 10, and 8.  I currently live in Kentucky but I am an Arizona girl, born and raised.  I have this silly obsession with Mason jars.  I love how they look on a shelf, the popping sound they make when they seal… so the idea of meals in a jar is very appealing to me.  Moving to Kentucky, where tornado warnings are not uncommon, has helped me to realize how important it is that I become more organized and prepared to feed my family in an emergency.

I was so excited to receive the Soup in a Bag cookbook! I liked it so much, that I immediately ordered both Bread in a Bag cookbooks to go with it.  I love soups but my three children aren’t big fans.  So, I’ve begun the search for a recipe that will please them.  So far, I’ve managed to try 8 out of the 30 recipes. (My dehydrator has been working overtime.)  Now, instead of the usual, “What’s for dinner?” my kids are asking, “Are we having soup again?” Continue reading

“Soup in a Bag” week: Split Pea Soup

15 May SplitPa

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Today I’m featuring our second tester, Kat’s review of the book “Soup in a Bag” by Pam Emick.  Enjoy!  In other happenings, I thought I’d let you know I was thrilled to be invited to contribute over on Deseret Book’s Time Out for Women’s blog today!!  Fingers crossed that it snags some new readers to get excited about cooking with their food storage!

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Hi, my name is Kat.  I’m the grandma in a three generation household in the Pacific Northwest.  I’ve been putting together our food storage a little bit at a time for quite a while as it’s recommended to do by my church.  It just seems like a great idea, especially with the state of the world today.  I work full time for an accounting firm and have a Stampin’ Up!  business (you’ll find me here), so I actually do very little cooking, but I do try to test a food storage recipe for our family food storage cookbook at least once a week. Continue reading

“Soup in a Bag” week: Potato Cheese Soup

13 May soup in a jar

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It’s “Soup in a Bag” week!!  You’ll remember our search for reviewers of the book “Soup in a Bag” by Pam Emick back in April.  Well, they’ve now tested it out for us, testing a total of 14 recipes!  They did a fabulous job!!  Also, thanks to the book’s author for allowing us to share each tester’s favorite here.

Without further ado, here’s our first reviewer, Julene (you’ll find the other reviews posted on Wed. and Fri).   Julene is also the author of Prepare Today Newsletter.  You can pay her a visit there to find out more of her tips and favorites on the subject of food storage and preparedness!

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Chicken Barley Soup

9 May Chicken Barley Soup (5)

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I’ve got some great “tried and taste tested” content coming up in the next two weeks!  It’s a little different than my “norm” recipe schedule, here there and everywhere (haha!) but I think you’ll like it.

First off, in my second post this week I’ll be posting a compilation of various grocery store ingredient taste tests.  Basically a directory of which brands (of which products) to consider more closely as you’re building your pantry.  This comes as I’ve been collecting this information for a while, trolling various published taste tests and adding up their results. My goal with this post has been to get a better picture of which brand’s products are worth stocking up on versus which ones aren’t.

Secondly, the “Soup in a Bag” reviews are back!!  With the detail in each tester’s trial, I’ve decided to post them each independently M-W-F of next week.  And, best of all, thanks to permission given from the book’s author, each post will include the tester’s favorite recipe for you to try yourself!  Awesome!!  Get ready to enjoy!

Speaking of soup, appropriately enough, swim team just started for my three oldest kids which means the water is freezing and I have kids coming home with blue lips and chattering teeth for the first few weeks.  So you can guess what’s on the menu a lot lately.  This homey soup is the food storage version of this recipe and went over well with everyone, even the five year old.

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Easy Hamburger Soup

28 Mar Easy Hamburger Soup (11)

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A simple to prepare yet hearty soup that easily adapts with food storage ingredients.  As an everyday meal it’s a great “catch-all” for whatever extra veggies you have in the refrigerator to use up!  I like making this recipe in a large batch because we like the leftovers the next day but if it’s too large a recipe for your group you can easily cut it down by half.  Also, remember, you can replace the soup back into your wonder oven after serving if you’re wanting to keep it hot!

Although it simmers for 45 minutes I’ve categorized it as a pantry meal for how simple the preparation is (plus, it easily “packs” as one).  Ten minutes –fifteen if you’re using freeze dried ingredients– and it’s on it’s way!

Serves 10-12

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Thai Coconut Corn Soup

16 Mar Thai Coconut Corn Soup (16)

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After a string of more complicated recipes it’s time to throw in a fast and easy one.  I’ve shortened it’s author-given title here from it’s original  “Nearly-Instant Thai Coconut Corn Soup”, giving you an idea of how easy it is.

About five years ago Vegan.com pulled together a recipe top ten.  They asked the authors of ten popular vegan cookbooks to name their own personal favorite recipe from their book.  This recipe (which I’ve adapted, though not very much) was author Nava Atlas’ favorite from her book Vegan Express.  Made as she wrote it, it’s an ideal “first course” soup.  I added some rice to bulk it up, to serve as a “meal” soup but you can choose leave it without the rice, whichever way you like.   In place of the rice milk (used as a substitute anyway for cow’s milk) I used a can of evaporated milk however if you’re sensitive to milk (or happen to be vegan) this would be an easy reverse switch to make; rice milk, sold in shelf stable containers has a shelf life of about a year.

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Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Homemade French Bread

21 Feb Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Homemade French Bread (21)

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Jarred roasted red peppers perform just as well as fresh would in this soup, as long as you buy the right brand.  Lucky for us, a team of tasters have given us an idea of the best brand(s) to buy and the results are linked below.  And good news, the most inexpensive brand came in first!

Taste this and you’ll see…it’s completely possible that restaurant cooks have known about jarred roasted red peppers all along.  So why not use this tip (and this ingredient) to perk up your food storage plan as well?  

Paired along with the soup is some wonderful homemade french bread.  I’ll tell you what, absolutely no one is going to turn this meal down!  And btw, this soup is great both on it’s own or as a base to add ingredients to.  Try adding in pasta, rice or chicken if you like.

serves 6-8

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Chicken and Corn Chowder with Sweet Potatoes

31 Jan Chicken and Corn Chowder with Sweet Potatoes (14)

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Two unlikely ingredients make this thick and hearty corn chowder a great food storage recipe!  Warning:  by revealing these ingredients you’re likely to read on and think I’ve lost it…(news flash, I lost it a loong time ago ;))…either that or you’ll forge ahead and try it anyway.  I hope you will.  Get ready… and try to keep a straight face!

serves 6-8

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Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

10 Nov Greek Lemon Chicken Soup (16)

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This is the food storage version of one of my all-time favorite soups.  In fact, there was a time (before kids) when I used to work near a Greek restaurant and have this soup for lunch 2-3 times a week.  Naturally, it found it’s way into my food storage plan.

This variation (changed up from this fresh recipe) includes all the same ingredients of an original Avegolemono (it’s Greek name) but rather than a wet roux, a powdered “instant” roux is mixed and sprinkled over top of the soup while stirring.   It’s so easy to make and is prepared even faster when stored as a pantry meal.  This soup gets requested by my kids for their lunch thermos’… proof it’s well-liked at our house!

serves 6-8

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Tortilla Soup

19 Sep Tortilla Soup (1)

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This Tortilla Soup was one I adapted for my plan from Emeril’s Favorite Tortilla Soup.  We really like it!   It’s extremely mild while still flavorful, so it works well for both kids and adults;  spice is added for those who want it upon serving.  Also, since I try to to save cooking fuel and go non-electric whenever I can, I used my sun oven to bake the tortilla strips.

Also, I’ve got a new tortilla pressing technique!  In making tortillas the most tedious part (for me) is pressing them. It’s a trick, if not a battle, to press a very thin and even dough (as needed for chips) that will peel off the wax paper easily to transfer to the hot skillet.  Not to mention that it requires a lot of wax paper!  Well, in my search to simplify, I’ve re-purposed some flexible cutting mats to help me do the job faster and easier.  It no longer requires a tortilla press, the pressed dough releases much easier and {horray!} it doesn’t use any wax paper!!

serves 4-6

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Tortellini Soup

26 Apr Tortellini Soup (1)

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So quick and easy!  Find out (in the notes section) which brand of tortellini was chosen by taste testers of a leading cooking magazine as the best tasting.  Hint…it’s food storage friendly!

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Quick Pantry Clam Chowder

29 Mar Quick Pantry Clam Chowder (8)

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Finding a good clam chowder recipe that uses only food storage ingredients was harder than you’d think it would be.  Finally, after many recipes tried, this was the best one (by far) that we tasted.  I’d happily serve this to company, so with that it’s earned a spot in my cookbook.

It’s adapted from the “Quick Pantry Clam Chowder” recipe found in March 1998′s Cook’s Illustrated magazine.  Not only is it a really fast (1o minute) meal to put together, as far as clam chowder goes it tastes just right.  Enjoy!

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Easiest Beef Stew

3 Dec FS -- Beef Stew 004

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I have a couple of beef stew recipes.  This is the one I make when I don’t want to have to think about cooking or when I want to hand off making dinner to one of my kids  [it's that easy!].  It comes from the book “It’s in the Bag” (www.cedarfort.com).  There’s nothing to it!

Prep time: 5 minutes

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Lasagna Soup

30 Nov FS -- Lasagna Soup 010

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My family loves this soup — bets are on that yours will too!  It comes from a friend of a friend of mine, Shaina Nunnelly, who’s fun blog I enjoy and who’s subsequent cookbook is also a “normal food” favorite of mine.  Little did she know that this soup of hers would be re-made into a great food storage recipe!

serves 8-10

Prep time:  10 minutes or less

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Curried Pumpkin Bisque

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This recipe, adjusted to use food storage, comes from one of my favorite cookbooks ever.  In fact, if I could only keep a handful of published cookbooks to cook from this would be one of them.  The book is called “Soup Makes the Meal” by Ken Haedrich.  Rarely have I found a cookbook in which every recipe is good but so far, in four years of using it, this one hasn’t let me down.  As far as food storage recipes go, soups are the easiest of meals to convert.  This book would be a good one to check out if you’re looking for further options.

serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes

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Basil Tomato Soup

5 Nov FS -- Basil Tomato Soup 009

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Simple and good!  This recipe is shared with permission thanks to Jan Jackson’s book “100 – Day Pantry”.

serves 6

Prep time: 5 minutes

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Potato Soup

10 Aug FS -- Potato Soup 005

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This is my super fast and easy pantry meal potato soup recipe — again, another meal everyone likes and can be ready to serve in 10 minutes or less!  This recipe (shared with permission) comes from the book  “Dinner’s in the Jar” .

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